Pick Your Passion at the Schenectady County Historical Society!
Volunteers inspire our visitors, preserve history, and keep our organization running smoothly. Qualified candidates will possess a love of history, flexibility and teamwork, and a friendly attitude. Whether you are looking for something behind-the-scenes or out on the front line, we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.
What are the Benefits of Volunteering?
- Learn, preserve, and share the diverse history and culture of Schenectady County
- Behind the scenes look at the inner workings of our institution
- An opportunity to meet others who share your passion for history, art, and culture
- Two annual museum volunteer appreciation potlucks
How Do I Become a Volunteer?
Complete a volunteer application and you will be contacted by a member of the Schenectady County Historical Society’s staff. We ask that new volunteers are able to commit at least eight hours a month.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Do you like to be in the center of the action? Throughout the year, we host many events across our sites; exhibit opens, lectures, living history events, and more! Paratroopers drop in to assist during these events and help with a variety of tasks. This includes setup for the event, assisting with refreshments or concessions, and helping out with other odd jobs that are required. Those odd jobs have included everything from decorating Christmas trees to helping guests prepare to ride in a hot air balloon!
Are you a people person? Do you enjoy helping others? Ambassadors assist the public during our day-to-day operations and during our special events. This can include greeting visitors when they walk through our doors, leading tours, answering phones, assisting with questions, and helping guests find their way during events. If you are interested in sharing your love of history with others, this is the volunteer opportunity for you.
If you enjoy making sure things have their place, keeping lists, and helping others stay organized, our volunteer Registrar position is for you! As a registrar, you will assist the staff label, describe, photograph, and preserve our historic collections. Computer skills are required, as the Schenectady County Historical Society utilizes an online database to maintain and manage our collections.
The Scribe (Library)
Have you ever found the perfect document to solve your family history puzzle, only to realize it hasn’t been digitized and you have no access to it? Our Documenters work to end that problem. By indexing, scanning, and entering information into our collections management software, you can help pave the way for future researchers!
The Handyman (or Handywoman)
Do you enjoy working with your hands? You might be the perfect Handyman. We are always looking for help with projects across our sites, ranging from event setup to minor repair work to assisting with the preservation and maintenance of our historic structures. We are willing to teach the basics, but anyone with any construction, building, or maintenance background is especially welcome. Heavy lifting may be required, so we can promise you’ll get a good workout!
Become a volunteer today!
To become a volunteer at the Schenectady County Historical Society, please submit our volunteer interest form online.